Thursday night's BCS Championship marks the end of era, with college football's grand finale moving next year from ABC to ESPN.
It will mark the most significant sports championship yet to appear exclusively on cable / satellite TV.
The BCS and ESPN have downplayed the significance of the move, since the vast majority of serious sports fans get ESPN. But the fact is some people will be shut out.
The Sports Business Journal reported that if Texas and Alabama had been playing on ESPN instead of ABC, about 12 percent of homes in the Austin market and about 8 percent in Birmingham would not have gotten the game.
(Only 4 percent or so of New York-area homes do not get ESPN.)
Fox's four-year BCS era ended with a whimper Tuesday night when the Orange Bowl scored the second-lowest rating ever for a BCS bowl.